March 13th 1979 …This was the day of the bloodless Coup that took place in Grenada, West Indies. I will tell you about my day that day -or just a small portion of it. My brother and I walked to school everyday and March 13th was a Tuesday and we arrived at school right on time maybe even a little early to find only a handful of students and teachers there and a bit of a hush as the Headmistress and teachers talked in hushed tones. Eventually we were informed that we needed to go back home because there would be no school for the day as there had been a Coup overnight. We walked back home and told our parents that school had been cancelled because there had been a Coup. They didn’t believe us and insisted that we go back to school. We weren’t in the habit of lying to them but I guess this just seemed too unbelievable. We finally convinced my dad to turn on the radio. There was no TV back then and the only radio was from a few am radio stations that were local to the island. Sure enough, the news confirmed our story. My dad stayed home from work and we all listened to the radio and the news most of the day. 13 March 1979, Radio Free Grenada, Maurice Bishop, Address to the Nation “Brothers and Sisters, This is Maurice Bishop speaking. At 4.15 am this morning, the People’s Revolutionary Army seized control of the army barracks at True Blue. The barracks were burned to the ground. After half-an-hour struggle, the forces of Gairy’s army were completely defeated, and surrendered. Every single soldier surrendered, and not a single member of the revolutionary forces was injured. At the...
About your author
I grew up on the 'Spice Island', the island of Grenada located in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea. I love Grenada and hope one day to return there permanently. For now I live in the San Francisco bay area on my boat and am blessed with a wonderful job as a lead Aircraft Maintenance Technician with Southwest Airlines in Oakland, Ca. I have been in the Aviation business since I was 18 years old initiated in the field by The United States Navy which I joined at age 17. My other interests are my boat which I live on, my wonderfully loving dogs, music and creativity of all sorts.